Despite the populartity of the vest,not all Western outerwear was sleeveless.Cowboys often wore blanket-lined wool jackets to protect them from the frost, and in brush country they wore leather or canvas jackets(bush jackets) to keep the thorns from penetrating their skin.On the southern ranges,where the climate was fairly mild,a man could get through the winter in a hip-length woolen coat,but send him North and he would strap a great,big yellow sliker to the back of his saddle.This oiled-canvas"fish" was an all-weather coat,which meant that it made the cowboy equally comfortable in heat,cold,rain or snow. Today's goosdown jackets are certainly an improvement.Loose, lightweight,and water-repellent,they are comfortable too both in the saddle and out,and from the way they are selling the West,it seems as if the cowboy's outerwear problem has finaly been solved.
The first American chaps were very much like Indian leggings:two seperate leather shafts held together by a belt and decorated at the outside seam with long fringe.They were called"shotgun" chaps(because the two shafts resembled the two barrels of a double-barreled shotgun) and if they had no fringe they were simply"closed leg chaps.(because their sides were sewn,rather than laced,buckled,or tied together).In either case,they kept out snow and wind and were especially popular in the Northwest.
Wrangler Jeans are manufactured by a company that is more than 100 years old ! Wrangler Jean Co. is owned by the VF Corporation,who also owns dozens of other brands such as Lee.People have often wondered how Wrangler Jeans got its claim to fame with the rodeo.Wrangler Jeans were first made by Blue Bell,who acquired the brand when it took over Casey Jones in the mid 1940s. Blue Bell hired a man by name of Bernard Lichtenstein,who was a Polish tailor to help design jeans that would be good for using during rodeos.From Lichtenstein and his knowledge of the rodeo and the design of jeans that were needed came the birth of Wrangler Jeans.The first style the 13MWZ style is still available worldwide and was first introducted in 1947.